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June 29, 2022

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Harlan County Broadband Internet Speed Test Information

Harlan County residents click here to take the one-minute broadband speed test.

Indoor and Outdoor Space Rentals to Meet Your Business and Event Needs

Your guests can still enjoy sitting together with their friends in a fun, safe environment at The Center for Rural Development. We realize these are difficult and challenging times and we are taking additional steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone who rents space in our facility. We offer both indoor and outdoor space rentals […]

Fiber Internet is Now Live at the Slade Welcome Center

As 2020 unfolds it is becoming more apparent than ever that reliable, affordable internet access is an essential service for individuals and businesses alike. Dependable high-speed, high-capacity internet has become a necessity much like electricity, water and sewer. For many years Kentucky has been at or near the bottom of national and international rankings for […]

SOAR to host virtual Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition in Somerset on August 4

Six regional competitions will lead to Grand Finale and $5,000 prize

The Center Insider Issue 3.1 – Spring 2020 Bridal Edition

The latest issue of The Center Insider is ready for review! This issue includes: Have Your Wedding Plans Been Disrupted? Wedding Questions Livestream Your Wedding at The Center Minimonies & Microweddings Wedding Stationery Wedding Catering Accommodation Considerations Front-Desk / Help-Desk Training Rogers Scholars Alum Joins NASA The Center’s Connectivity Chronicles Marketing One-Stop-Shop RDPC Train Virtually

The Center Educates Another Class of Certified Fiber Optic Technicians as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

The Center sponsored fiber education for last-mile service providers and industry professionals as they prepare for their use of the wholesale services provided by KentuckyWired. Through a partnership with KCTCS, a Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) class was offered at Somerset Community College’s Lineman Training Center.

The Center Can Help You Deliver Professional Video Messaging

“The Center’s state-of-the-art technology helped to provide a wonderful experience for all participants at a very affordable price.” -Bobby Clue

The Center is Championing a Telehealth Program

The Center for Rural Development is championing a program to promote the use and enable the expansion of telehealth in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

Locals Attend Fiber Broadband Meeting in Slade, KY

The Slade fiber project is the first non-state last-mile project that will be initiated because of KentuckyWired. The cable that has been run to the state park provides ETT with plant facilities lash the additional fiber cable for this project. Small projects such as this will serve as the testbed for further fiber broadband expansions not only in this area, but also projects such as this all across Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

The Center’s Connectivity Chronicles: New Frontier Outfitters

Evidence shows that broadband connectivity results in business retention, growth, and attraction, while also helping people earn additional income. Having accessible and affordable broadband services creates a more favorable environment for cultivating commercial opportunities. Broadband is an important component in making a community an attractive place to live, helping stem the population loss that many rural communities are experiencing, and stabilizing the tax base. With the completion of the construction phase of KentuckyWired in Eastern Kentucky, plentiful opportunities lie ahead for rural residents. One example of a business that is already making use of internet connectivity in order to grow is Morehead-based clothing brand, New Frontier Outfitters.

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